Miniwanca Jobs

Miniwanca Jobs

Miniwanca is now hiring seasonal staff for spring and summer 2023!

Looking for full-time opportunities? Click here for our current full-time openings

Summer 2023 at Miniwanca will take place in two sessions: Session A from June 25 to July 14 and Session B from July 16 to August 4. Staff training for most roles will begin June 18. Learn more about our Summer 2023 program offerings. 

While some positions require you to live onsite (Cabin Leaders, for example), all roles below have the option to do so. Housing and all meals are provided.

Summer 2023 Roles at a Glance

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The health and safety of our AYF community is our top priority. All summer 2023 staff are required to be fully vaccinated and up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination before they arrive at Miniwanca or Merrowvista.

“Fully vaccinated” means you have received two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If you were fully vaccinated before September 2022, you are considered “up to date” if you have received the bivalent booster (first available in September 2022). If you have not received this booster, you will need to do so before staff training begins. 

If you were fully vaccinated after September 2022, you are considered “up to date” on your vaccination status.

Proof of vaccination will be collected before arrival at camp.

If you have questions about your individual vaccination status, please contact AYF Lead Health Officer Carrie Hargreaves Smith at

The American Youth Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran’s status.

Cabin Leader

Cabin Leaders (summer camp counselors) are seasonal youth development professionals who co-lead a cabin group of 6 to 8 campers in either Boys Camp or Girls Camp and are active leaders in daily activities. Cabin Leaders work directly with youth and help them discover their best selves.

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Four Trails Leader

Four Trails Leaders (summer camp counselors) are seasonal youth development professionals who co-lead a cabin group of 10 to 12 campers during backpacking and/or canoeing trips off-site and on Miniwanca property. Trips may be 2 to 17 days in length.

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Community and School Programs Facilitator

CSP Facilitators are looking for caring, energetic people invested in working with youth and committed to fostering growth in themselves and others. Our team is strongest comprised of passionate, creative, and adventurous people.

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Program Area Specialists

There are several different specialist positions available throughout both camps, such as Waterfront Specialist and Woodshop Specialist. In each program area, specialists will work to create an experience that helps campers learn and grow. Campers will learn and practice new skills under the care of the specialists.

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Seasonal coordinators prepare and implement summer programming, including in-camp programming for Darers and Seekers, the Four Trails program, and waterfront activities. They also supervise teams of village leaders and program specialists.

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LITs work as leaders in training, learning a variety of camp roles. They support cabin leaders and the Activities Team in Boys Camp and Girls Camp. LITs receive additional training and evaluation beyond staff training, participating in regular group and one-on-one meetings for professional development.

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Care Team

The Care Team collaborates to proactively support well-being for the camper community and the staff who support them. This team also includes the Community Life Coordinator (2023 Mulcahy Fellow), who supports campers who hold historically marginalized identities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, etc.).

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Health Team

The Health Team is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of each camper. The primary functions of the Health Team include providing first aid care, overseeing the administration of medications to campers, coordinating visits to a physician when needed, monitoring health and cleanliness standards, and keeping camper medical records organized.

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Office Specialist

The Office Specialist provides general office support throughout the camp season, including clerical duties, sorting mail, taking photos, answering the phone and being the initial professional to greet and welcome guests.

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Scout Village Leader

The Scout Village Leaders develop and implement a discovery day program for children of camp staff (generally ages 3 to 12). Some evening duties may also be required as the needs of the program dictate.

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Photography Specialists

Photography Specialists document the daily activities at camp with an eye to the AYF’s year-round marketing and communication needs.

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Communications Specialist

Communications Specialists write daily blog posts, create frequent social media posts, assist with camper family email communications, and write longer articles for the AYF monthly email newsletter.

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Food Program Team

The Food Program Team consists of assistants, specialists, and coordinators who help with food preparation, service, kitchen clean-up and dish washing to ensure healthy, safe meals for the staff and campers.

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Facilities Team

The Facilities Team is responsible for the upkeep and improvement of the facility, including ongoing custodial, grounds, and maintenance duties, and preventive custodial and maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment.

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